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Ratha Yatra

Collection: Queens Memory Project Collection at Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives
Date: September 12 2010; 2010-09-12 Material: Color photographs Dimension: 300 ppi
Creator: James Wrona Identifier: aql:19557 wrona-03-0597 wrona-03-0597.tif

Description: In Flushing, Queens, many hundreds of Hindu devotees make their way through the streets during the Ratha Yatra, or "Car Festival". The procession marks the climax of the annual nine-day festival called Sri Ganesa Chaturthi, held to celebrate the elephant-headed Hindu deity, Ganesh, the primary god worshiped at this particular temple. At the center of the procession is a large shrine housing a sculpture of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Devotees make offerings of fruit and flowers that the priests riding atop the 16-foot long silver carriage, called a ratha, bless and send back into the crowd to be shared. The carriage is actually motorized due to its enormous weight, but devotees also pull it along the route with long ropes. Devotees believe that the energy created by their week of chanting, offerings and the festivities in the streets replenish the powers of the holy statue and ready it for another year of worship in the temple. At the end of this procession is a ceremony to transfer the energy gathered by the smaller statue on the ratha to the larger Ganesha statue inside the temple - a piece far too large to move. This image is looking east up Elder Ave. from Main Street along the route of the procession.

Title : Ratha Yatra

Collection : aql:13844

Creator : James Wrona

Date : September 12 2010; 2010-09-12

Summary/Description : In Flushing, Queens, many hundreds of Hindu devotees make their way through the streets during the Ratha Yatra, or "Car Festival". The procession marks the climax of the annual nine-day festival called Sri Ganesa Chaturthi, held to celebrate the elephant-headed Hindu deity, Ganesh, the primary god worshiped at this particular temple. At the center of the procession is a large shrine housing a sculpture of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Devotees make offerings of fruit and flowers that the priests riding atop the 16-foot long silver carriage, called a ratha, bless and send back into the crowd to be shared. The carriage is actually motorized due to its enormous weight, but devotees also pull it along the route with long ropes. Devotees believe that the energy created by their week of chanting, offerings and the festivities in the streets replenish the powers of the holy statue and ready it for another year of worship in the temple. At the end of this procession is a ceremony to transfer the energy gathered by the smaller statue on the ratha to the larger Ganesha statue inside the temple - a piece far too large to move. This image is looking east up Elder Ave. from Main Street along the route of the procession.

Subject : Hindu gods; Hindu temples; Hindu altars; Ratha Yatra (Hindu festival); Hindu Temple Society of North America, NY

Rights : This image is the property of James Wrona. Please contact info@jameswrona.com for research and reproduction requests.

Coverage : Main Street and Elder Avenue, Flushing, NY Flushing (New York, N.Y.) Queens (New York, N.Y.)

Type : Digital image

Format : Color photographs; 300 ppi

Identifier : aql:19557 wrona-03-0597 wrona-03-0597.tif

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Hindu gods; Hindu temples; Hindu altars; Ratha Yatra (Hindu festival); Hindu Temple Society of North America, NY
Rights Notice
This image is the property of James Wrona. Please contact info@jameswrona.com for research and reproduction requests.


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